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Lee Blessing's play's include: A Walk In The Woods (Broadway and London's West End), Going to St. Ives, (Outer Critic’s Circle Award, Best Play, Obie for ensemble performance); Thief River (Drama Desk nomination, Best Play); Cobb (Drama Desk award, best ensemble); Chesapeake, Eleemosynary and Down The Road.  In the 1992-93 Signature Theatre season: Fortinbras, Lake Street Extension, Two Rooms and the world premiere of Patient A

Recent regional world premieres:  A Body of Water at the Guthrie Theater and the Old Globe Theatre; Lonesome Hollow, Flag Day and Whores, all at the Contemporary American Theatre Festival; The Scottish Play at La Jolla Playhouse; Black Sheep at Florida Stage and The Winning Streak at George Street Playhouse. Other plays: Independence, Riches, Oldtimers Game and Nice People Dancing To Good Country Music and Perilous Night, which will be stage-read at the Colorado New Play Summit in January.

Other awards: The American Theater Critics Circle Award, the L.A. Drama Critics Award, The Great American Play Award, The Humanitas Award and the George and Elisabeth Marton Award among others. Nominations for Tony and Olivier awards, as well as for the Pulitzer Prize. Blessing is married to playwright and TV writer Melanie Marnich and lives in New York  He heads the graduate playwriting program at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.

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When We Go Upon the Sea


A man named George Bush arrives one evening in The Hague, Netherlands, where he faces the difficult task of going on trial the next day. Before that however, he has an equally difficult job: getting through the night.



Based on Linda Greenhouse’s Becoming Justice Blackmun, Moderation examines the life and career of Harry Blackmun, a Nixon nominee to the Supreme Court who over nearly a quarter-century became that body’s most liberal member. Blackmun wrote the majority decision in Roe v. Wade and spent years working to fight off challenges to it. In doing so, he became one of the country’s most influential advocates for women’s rights. Moderation provides a peek into Blackmun’s past, tracking the ups and downs of his more than eighty-year friendship with Chief Justice Warren Burger. Blackmun’s Midwestern upbringing is also examined, providing clues to the values which guided his decisions throughout a long and controversial career on the Federal bench.

A User's Guide to Hell: Featuring Bernie Madoff


In the time after his downfall, Bernard Madoff is taken on a tour of hell (New York City) by Verge and encounters its various denizens before he learns the truth.

Contains adult content.

Directed by JEREMY B. COHEN

For the Loyal


Join us for a free public reading of Core Writer Lee Blessing's FOR THE LOYAL.

FOR THE LOYAL is a taut sports drama influenced by an infamous collegiate scandal. No reservations required, but do note that the start time may fluctuate. Email Sarah Chaplin at the morning of the reading to confirm the time.

Director: Peter Moore
Cast: Bob Davis, Chris Mulkey, Eli Newell, Sara Richardson, John Skelley

A View of the Mountains


This brand new sequel to Lee Blessing's Pulitzer, Tony, and Olivier-nominated drama A Walk in the Woods takes place 20 years later and explores the complexities of terrorism and the United States' evolving position as a diplomatic leader in the world.



Description Moss and Avis awake one summer morning in an idyllic vacation home, high above a large and somewhat mysterious body of water.  All seems ordinary enough, except for one thing: neither of them can remember who they are--or if, in fact, they've ever met.

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